Will D. Campbell

Continuum, 1977

This award-winning book is the autobiography of Will D. Campbell, Baptist minister and Civil Rights supporter from Mississippi. He tells the story of his early growing-up years, in particular his close relationship with his older brother, Joe.   By interweaving of the lives of the two brothers, we follow Campbell's spiritual journey from being ordained at sixteen, as he answered Jesus' call to pick up his cross and follow Jesus, eventually leaving the pulpit  and chaplaincy to become involved in the Civil Rights Movement, working beside Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy, and all the others he meets along the way.

Howard Thurman

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979 

 Pastor, professor, mystic, and author Howard Thurman is one of the shapers of twentieth-century Christianity.  A grandson of a former slave, his upbringing was amidst the viccitudes and challenges of American racial segregation and all that it divided him from seeming opportunity.

Rachel Held Evans 

Thomas Nelson, 2012   

 

Evans, an award-winning blogger and author (Evolving in Monkey Town), challenges herself to follow the biblical precepts to women in the First and Second Testament. She cooks, cleans, dresses, acts--and also becomes the model wife--according to twelve womanly virtues, one for each month of the year.

Oscar Romero

Orbis Books, 1998

This is a stunning book of quotations by Oscar Romero taken from his powerful sermons as he spoke prophetically in truth about the violent oppression of his flock, the ordinary people of El Salvador.

Sister Helen Prejean

Vintage, 2006

 

In her second book, first published in 2005, Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, takes on the primary issue with the death penalty: innocent people are convicted and executed.

Sister Helen Prejean

Knopf Doubleday, 1994

 

The bestselling 1993 book by Roman Catholic sister Prejean which is the account of her life-changing relationship with two men on death row in Louisiana.

Mirabai Starr, translator

New Seeds/Shambhala, 2007

Starr, who also translated The Interior Castle, presents a new translation of Teresa of Avila's autobiography about her spiritual struggles leading to conversion and then to her profound encounters with God. 

Martin E. Marty

Princeton University Press, 2011 

 

Theologian and author Marty considers the history of Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison, from the beginnings of the book itself to its continuing influence for the remaining 20th century on the theology and social action.

 

Jean Giono

Chelsea Green, 2005 

 

The story of the shepherd who planted one hundred acorns a day for thirty years in Switzerland.  It speaks of the love and dedication to the natural world and  to the beauty of trees.

Leymah Gbowee

with Carol Mithers

Beast Books, 2011

A 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner,  Gbowee was instrumental bringing to an end in Libera the presidency of Charles Taylor and long civil war through the peace movement she initiated which united Christian and Muslim women: Liberian Mass Action for Peace.  The reader follows her own gripping and painful life story  alongside that of her country in a well-told narrative of lost dreams finally realized in unimagined ways.

 

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